Essential Report

Important issues

Nov 29, 2016

Q. Which of the following issues are the 3 most important for the Federal Government to address over the next 12 months?

 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other   Working class Middle class   Aug 2016 Change
Improving our health system 44%   49% 41% 39% 39%   41% 44%   45% -1
Housing affordability 31%   36% 22% 36% 33%   35% 27%   31%
Reducing unemployment 31%   32% 31% 23% 34%   34% 30%   31%
National security and terrorism 30%   20% 41% 11% 39%   32% 29%   37% -7
Tax avoidance by big companies 26%   28% 21% 28% 29%   29% 24%   31% -5
Reducing the budget deficit 24%   16% 36% 7% 27%   23% 28%   30% -6
Protecting our borders 21%   12% 27% 7% 33%   18% 23%      
Protecting workers wages and conditions 20%   30% 14% 16% 15%   22% 18%   18% +2
More funds for education 17%   17% 16% 22% 13%   16% 18%   20% -3
Addressing climate change 16%   28% 7% 48% 9%   18% 15%   18% -2
Protecting the environment 16%   19% 10% 49% 10%   12% 18%   14% +2
Investing in public transport 12%   12% 14% 8% 9%   9% 12%   14% -2
Investing in roads 7%   6% 9% 2% 9%   8% 8%   7%
Free trade agreements 6%   5% 9% 3% 3%   4% 7%   5% +1

The most important issues for the Federal Government to address over the next 12 months were improving our health system (44%), housing affordability (31%). reducing unemployment (31%) and national security and terrorism (30%).

For Labor voters the most important issues were improving our health system (49%), housing affordability (36%), reducing unemployment (32%) and protecting workers wages and conditions (30%).

For Liberal/National voters the most important issues were improving our health system (41%), national security and terrorism (41%) and reducing the budget deficit (36%)

For Greens voters the most important issues were protecting the environment (49%), addressing climate change (48%) and improving our health system (39%).

Since this question was asked in August, there have been decreases for national security and terrorism (down 7%), reducing the budget deficit (down 6%) and tax avoidance by big companies (down 5%). Note that an additional issue has been included in this question, which has the effect of reducing the scores across the other items.

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